- May 7, 2020 at 4:21 pm #3645665
Hello everyone I have been doing some research around here and google looking for a 3-4 day (8-15 miles/day) backpacking trail to do in June to get in shape for hiking season. Everything I have looked up though says it’s dangerous mid June due to snow and water crossings , such as PCT Oregon sections, the trinity alps section, and the timberline trail In Oregon, if anyone has any suggestions please let me know . Thanks !May 8, 2020 at 3:15 pm #3645840Diane “Piper” SoiniBPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara
In mid-June most NOBO thru-hikers are nearing and leaving Kennedy Meadows. 100-200 miles north and south of that would be okay. You could get some snow in the higher parts, probably quite a bit this year, so adjustments might be needed.May 20, 2020 at 5:26 pm #3648397
Hey Diane thank you for your advice , I was under the impression it was a less than average snow year in the Sierras this year ?May 22, 2020 at 6:46 pm #3648684jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
In California it’s been a less than average snow year. There have been some late storms however.
there’s a number of forums detailing snow conditions in various parts of the Sierra; and a through hiker forum where people doing the PCT are giving up to date conditions reports. I suggest googling those.
Rivers will still be running high even in the Sierra, but if you have some experience and/or choose a route with that in mind, it should be awfully nice in mind June in the Sierra. Plan for mosquitoes.May 22, 2020 at 7:44 pm #3648696Lester MooreBPL Member
@satoriLocale: Olympic Peninsula, WA
Below is a useful map that shows areas of the West and how much snow they have as a percentage of normal. It’s a little hard to use by itself because it shows very little geographic detail and no roads, but if you have another map open at the same time you can figure out where each area is located.May 22, 2020 at 8:34 pm #3648702Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
Most up to dateMay 23, 2020 at 9:07 am #3648767
Wow that’s exactly what I was looking for , thank you guys! I’ll be sure to check out the PCT forum!May 23, 2020 at 2:20 pm #3648842David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
What about the stretch through / around Lassen National Park? Not nearly as high at the Southern Sierra and somewhat in the rain/snow shadow of the coastal mountains, I don’t have any intel on the snowpack there this year, but I’d expect it to clear by then. Usually the pulse gets there much later when it can be brutally hot. I’d prefer it in June than July/August.
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